Website with 150,352 views but not a single sale made up-to today

by gayanw
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Hi guys, a new Warrior here. : )

It's a Linux related tech blog that gets about 200 organic hits (Google mostly) a day. Monetization has never been a priority, but I'm surprised how it couldn't make even a single sale over the years.

I've been in affiliate networks such as LinkShare. ShareASale, Amazon etc. And tried promoting offers from merchants like TreeHouse, CodeSchool which I think are decent match for my audience.

Things I tried, just to name a few:
  • CPM ads from Qadabra which did make some bucks. But I did quit as I said before monetization was in my to-do list at the time. BTW Qadabra seems dead now.
  • Selling tech books from Amazon, targeted by post. People seems not interested in books, at all.
  • Offers like CodeSchool do gets clicks, but it seems there's hardly any chance of someone buying them.
  • Unix stickers
  • Direct advertisement is not a choice since I have fairly low traffic.
  • Adsense no no..
Here's the site: Linux Developer Space - Ubuntu Linux OpenSource Blog

Analytics:



I'd be happy if it could at least cover up the domain subscription costs in a year.

If anyone got insights on monetizing my site, I'm happy to let you try out things on my site for free. BTW I hardly have enough time to test out new things myself these days.
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  • Profile picture of the author kaymehelp
    Have never tought that maybe the website design is poor or the content isn't good? I'm not saying that it's the case here but in the past I had a store where more than 200 visitors comes daily from an ad on facebook but none has bought the product.

    I changed the store design and made it look more professional aswell as the product description, informations and images. The difference was that I've got many sales the next campaign.

    Make sure the website is well designed and offers as much relevant informations that you can add .

    Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    without seeing your site and offers, your analytics screen shot is basically meaningless

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  • Profile picture of the author EPoltrack77
    where is the traffic coming from? Does your network support that country?
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  • Profile picture of the author gayanw
    Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

    without seeing your site and offers, your analytics screen shot is basically meaningless

    al


    Originally Posted by EPoltrack77 View Post

    where is the traffic coming from? Does your network support that country?
    Please see the updated post.
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  • Profile picture of the author aizaku
    do you have a squeeze page that puts them through a linux video tutorial series?

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    • Profile picture of the author gayanw
      Yup I've that it mind before, but only tried banner and contextual ads.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    Have you tried CPA or CPL?

    See if you can get them to try a new game or install an app.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sid Hale
    I'm just guessing, but...

    If I'm looking for info on a "Linux developer" site, that's all I'm doing - looking for info.

    I'm probably a developer myself and am probably trying to find the answer to a specific problem I'm having with the OS, a programming language, etc.

    I'm specifically NOT trying to find a product and spend money.

    Even if you have "techie" products, I'm more likely to try to build my own, rather than purchase yours - 'cause I'm a "techie" myself, and like most "techies" probably think that I could easily create a much better version of your product.

    That's even more true if I'm an open source fanatic, using open source products, tools, scripts, etc. already.

    Like I said... I'm only guessing.

    But I think you're in a really tough market. You're trying to sell to people who have an aversion to buying anything from you because they can easily search for an open source module that comes close to meeting their needs, and because it is open source... they can modify that to their exact requirements.

    Again, just a guess, but you might want to reconsider your target market.
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  • Profile picture of the author absolutelee
    Normally, the problem is one of two things. 1. That niche doesn't buy stuff. or 2. You have a mismatch between what you're offering for sale and the content on the blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author markhimeb
    Find a good marketer and outsource everything. Let him make some money for you and split the earnings. With 6,000 organic traffic monthly, there is huge potential there.
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    • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
      Originally Posted by markhimeb View Post

      With 6,000 organic traffic monthly, there is huge potential there.
      I tend to agree with Sid:


      If I'm looking for info on a "Linux developer" site, that's all I'm doing - looking for info.

      I'm probably a developer myself and am probably trying to find the answer to a specific problem I'm having with the OS, a programming language, etc.

      I'm specifically NOT trying to find a product and spend money.
      That's why I suggested CPA for a new game or something similar. A lot of new games pay CPA for free to play games, so there is no cost to the end user.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan Dooley
    The ad is not relevant.

    I see an ad for a power bank, not very relevant to the content on the page. I would never click on it.

    Know your audience. They come to your blog for help and information. You should be selling helpful tips and information.. software tools and stuff like that.

    Choose ads that are relevant to the subject matter on the page.
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  • Profile picture of the author gayanw
    Originally Posted by Brent Stangel View Post

    I tend to agree with Sid:


    That's why I suggested CPA for a new game or something similar. A lot of new games pay CPA for free to play games, so there is no cost to the end user.
    I could remember I tried that once. Did A/B test with different creatives and with different games. The games were the ones with good track record and high payouts. But that didn't work.

    But I do quite agree with you, if I'd have leave them up to today, I'd have made at least a sale.

    But I was wondering if it's worth it. making the site look unprofessional and slow things down just to make 3-4$ a month.

    Originally Posted by Sid Hale View Post

    I'm just guessing, but...

    If I'm looking for info on a "Linux developer" site, that's all I'm doing - looking for info.

    I'm probably a developer myself and am probably trying to find the answer to a specific problem I'm having with the OS, a programming language, etc.

    I'm specifically NOT trying to find a product and spend money.

    Even if you have "techie" products, I'm more likely to try to build my own, rather than purchase yours - 'cause I'm a "techie" myself, and like most "techies" probably think that I could easily create a much better version of your product.

    That's even more true if I'm an open source fanatic, using open source products, tools, scripts, etc. already.

    Like I said... I'm only guessing.

    But I think you're in a really tough market. You're trying to sell to people who have an aversion to buying anything from you because they can easily search for an open source module that comes close to meeting their needs, and because it is open source... they can modify that to their exact requirements.

    Again, just a guess, but you might want to reconsider your target market.
    I had the same kind of thoughts before.

    They more likely to use an adblocker. Since we're trying with affiliate/CPA products thats not a problem. So I guess that's the reason for the clicks. They rarely see an ad, and once they do there's a chance they might click, but they have no intention of buying.

    Monetizing a site with small traffic seems so freaking hard. I feel like giving up and leave the site as it is with no ads. The reason I created this account is to clarify things up.

    Thanks for the insights.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paulo Ribeiro
    Think out of the box.
    If ads are not working and cpa either do what top bloggers do. Eliminate all your ads and instead optimize the site to capture subscribers, then promote to your list the best offers to them.

    To increase subscribers add 3-4 optin boxes in different formats and also use content upgrsdes. content upgrades are a game changer. So use them.
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  • Profile picture of the author myjobalarm
    Hi, Please check your website should follow the google policy and its guidelines.
    also see that your KW should be in category of LOW and Bid price should be High
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  • Profile picture of the author spartan14
    I think this its your problem banner nd contextual ads .Try cpa affiliate etc but not in banner ads put them in your pots .It seems weird to me that with so much trafic you dont make money ,something its very weird
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    What is compelling about your offers? What is motivating a prospect to make a purchase from you? Why would someone spend his hard-earned cash on what you're offering?

    Answer these questions and you'll understand why no one is buying.

    Online sales happen because the prospect is motivated (by impulse or after assessment) one way or the other.

    He buys from sites that have no risk for him and from people that he trusts to fulfill his desires.

    Your marketing efforts have failed because you haven't offered compelling reasons to buy.

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  • Profile picture of the author venkat9985
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    try adsense .. at-least something is better then nothing .

    Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author Sven300
    As others have said, a website about what is open source is a website about what is free. By definition, visitors to such a web site are not very inclined to spend.

    You may be able to make some money with such a site, but you will never get any meaningful income.
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